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British Columbia Ambulance Service
Vancouver, British Columbia
The writer was one of the original planners and British Columbia Ambulance Service project team leader of the province-wide expansion of the Combined Events Radio Project (CERP). He was a part of the national working group that wrote the Communications Interoperability Strategy for Canada and the Communications Interoperability Action Plan for Canada. Also, he is the EMSCC representative and co-chair of the Tri-Services Special Purpose Committee on 700 MHz Broadband for Mission-Critical Public Safety Data. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Old Lady” Pumps Again
The April edition of Firehouse® Magazine featured my article “The Burning Questions of Slavery and Secession: 150 Years Ago, the Volunteer Fire Companies of Frederick, MD, Responded to the Calls,” which included information about “Old Lady,” a hand-tub pumper that fought the Frederick, MD, courthouse fire in 1861. Since publication of the article, not only was “Old Lady” rehabbed into pumping condition, she was able to throw water on the former Frederick County courthouse at the re-creation of the event held May 1, 2011 – the first time she pumped in 100 years.
Citizens of Frederick, including Mayor Randy McClement and Alderwomen Shelly Aloi and Kelly Russell, participated in a community bucket brigade to fill the tub of water to supply “Old Lady.” Bright-red buckets were donated by the local Firehouse Subs franchise. Members of the United Fire Company No. 3 and Independent Hose Company No. 1 joined forces to provide the manpower to pump the water.
Clarence E. (Chip) Jewell III
Libertytown Vol. Fire Dept.
Department of Emergency Communications